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post #1 of 6 Old 12-07-2010, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Dwarf Puffers

I have a 10 gallon tank thats in the planning stage to house a dwarf puffer, Appreciate all the Help :)

First Question I have : Since DP's are so interested in everything around them would 1 Puffer get lonely?

Second Question : If i had 2 DP, what would be a good ratio in a 10 g.. 2 Females? or 1 Male 1 Female?

Third Question : Sand Substrate? or can I use Smaller pebbles?.. Since I am going to plant the tank i would rather use pebbles or gravel more so than sand, Dark substrates bring out there definition?

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post #2 of 6 Old 12-12-2010, 12:55 AM
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Dwarf puffers are one of the cutest things ! I always thought a puffer would get lonley but as long as there are lots of places for it to explore I have never had any problems.They are better in species tanks so I am voting for more then 1 because it might get a little boring. Its good to have 2-3 females per male but in a ten gallon I wouldn't recommend more then 2 puffers. Defiantly not 2 males but two females should be fine. And sand versus gravel is more of a preference. I personally love to use black sand in my tanks because I feel it brings out the fishes colors and I like cleaning sand over gravel any day :)

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post #3 of 6 Old 12-12-2010, 12:59 AM
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Creat, Where do I fond Black sand? I want to try sand in place of gravel but black (or any darki color) makes all the colors pop!! I would change all my gravel if i could find black sand PLEASE HELP!!!!!
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-12-2010, 01:06 AM
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I bought my sand at the LFS but a Petco or Petsmart or any pet store really will carry it. You can also buy it online but you have to pay for shipping and sand is very heavy. They usually come in 5 or ten pound bags depends on how deep you want a sand bed but the deeper the bed the more likely you might have a toxic gas, hydrogen sulfite, build up but as long as the aquarium is planted or you routinely poke or stir the sand to let any gas build up out it is ok.

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post #5 of 6 Old 12-12-2010, 03:31 AM
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I had a black substrate in my DP tank, which seemed to work well. I kept five puffers in my 10 gallon and didn't have any issues; I could easily have had more. They liked to interact and did better in a group then when I had just a couple. I'm not sure what ratio I had though... mine didn't have very distinct characteristics.

The most important thing I found with them is that they really need a heavily planted tank. I kept their tank chocked full of plants so that if they did have "arguments" amongst themselves, they could easily hide from each other. It worked really well and had the added benefit of keeping them entertained. They loved to cruise among the plants and examine them or watch them move in the current. They even settled down and slept on the leaves at night.
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-13-2010, 09:28 AM
Black sand can be ordered online ~4 bucks for 5 pounds.
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